The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois on October 30, 1952 · Page 11
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The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois · Page 11

Bloomington, Illinois
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Thursday, October 30, 1952
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Has Halloween Changed lrrjP; - v vX -- VV -r . 1 fcrv$. nJ -H- rsr&i I Cri i-5 xrauKi!K SS(aifesr,T. " " . liiii'Wiii-iM-nwii'iii'tiftriiWvmi iiiiiiirt--"---:ilMiBf'i',,iitiil ninirllYi 1 Hi inn "innii-r HirTr " ' SCHOOL KIDS these days are kept pretty busy at Halloween time with all sorts of parties, including those within the school. These fifth and sixth graders at Emerson School put on costumes they will wear at the school party Friday. Few Pranks Of Years Ago Kept 'Alive' BY JERKY SOHL Are Bloomington-Normal and McLean County children different or is it Halloween that has changed in the past 30 years? The children still have the same number of arms and legs but they are somehow different, as a comparison of Halloween activities will show. Let's take a particular area Bloomington's south side as it was years ago. When boys used to get out of school they'd hurry home because they had chores to do. It was an unmechanized world in those days. There were few telephones, no oil burners, no garbage disposal units. They'd have to carry in coal for the night, some kindling, carry out the ashes and, in the event animals or fowls were kept, they'd have duties to perform with these. Popendick's Meeting Place After supper was their time, though, and the whole gang would meet at the South Side Pirates Club at Old Popendick's, a grocery store run by William Popendick. Popendick was an old time saloon keeper turned grocer, who earned the affectionate nickname of Dick because he helped the boys out with their baseball games. As many as 40 would mill around the store, many taking part in the ball game on the lot south of the store at 1405 S. Oak St. Another meeting place, in case nobody congregated at Popendick's used to be at the George Padgett grocery at Main and Stewart Streets. In the event nobody'd be there either, the kids would wander around the southern part of Bloom' ington, to the old Three-Eye League Ball Park (now Fans Field), the old Brewery, the "Y" ponds and Houghton's Lake (later Bongo and now the Mecherle Memorial Park). The only thing there they had to be careful of was that the bull in the Mevers Brewery pasture didn't catch up with them as they were . cutting across it. . Comradeship High These boys had the world to play in it was their oyster, as it were. They traveled in gangs and were always up to some devilment. Long lasting friendships sprang up and enemies of one were enemies of all. It can be seen there was a comradely solidarity. Everybody knew everybody else and, as a rule, most of the kids had to be home between 9 and 9:30 p. m. except, of course, on Halloween. What did they do on Halloween? One favorite trick was to grease the rails on the Bloomington Street Railway both at the hill at Division Street and at the hill where the armory now stands. The street car could not stop going down and it couldn't get up, its wheels spinning for all they were worth. There was no harm in this; the conduct . ors expected it every Halloween. Sometimes the kids would run in packs, some getting on the front end of the streetcar and riding a ways while the others ran along at the rear. WTien the conductor came up to chase the boys off the front, the boys in the rear would hop on and the harried conductor had to choose between two groups If he were an old crab, the boys would yank the trolley off the line and the conductor would have to put It back again. There were the usual shenani gans about outhouses a favorite j sport in those days because of their (number. It was a favored out- house which remained upright the whole night long; this miracle was often due to someone sitting on the back steps with a shotgun full of rock salt. Or perhaps some owner was particularly adept with a bull whip. But his name would go down in the gang's mental note book for another year when he wouldn't be so alert. Had Favorite Targets Carriages, buggies and horses and cattle found themselves atop barns and other buildings come early morning Nov. 1. It was always a mystery how they came to be there, but when you have about 50 boys working on the pro ject, it is easy to see how it could be done. Another favorite Halloween pas time was tick-tacking, which is still popular. This began with a string attached to a rock and the other end knotted around a door knob. Another string attached to the rock allowed pranksters to simulate knocks on doors. The door would be opened repeatedly by the owner of the house, but no one would be there. He'd then station himself by the door, pulling it open with great force the moment the rock hit, often sending the sailing into the living room. His tory records one boy who put a large rock on the end of the rope At the first knock the door panel was knocked out. The kids got out of there in a hurry. "Screecher" Disappears Tick-tacking with a nail and a notched spool (someone held the nail whil another ran the string and the spool's notches made a terrific racket on the window) was and still is popular. Not much is seen any more of the empty tin can with the resined string at- bached to the bottom of the can When the string is pulled, the can emits a screech loud enough to set anyone's teeth on edge. Favorite trick at Padgett's (at Stewart and Main Street) was to wait for a beau to get off the street car. Usually some member of the gang would walk up to the young man and say, "Well, who are you.'" The date-bound boy, sensing dif ficulty if he made the wrong an swer, would usually give his name "Where are you bound for? would be the next question The boy would give an honest answer. But it would be to no avail Into the horse trough he'd go and, after a thorough soaking (often with washboard action), he'd be rolled in the dusty (or muddy) roadway just for good measure This happened at times other than Halloween, too. No Destruction In these old days the boys did not destroy property. They knew better than that. Since they ran in gangs and were a familiar sight to all the neighbors, it follows all the adults knew who they were. They more often than not were told the next day to undo the damage they had done the night before. This they did without complaining. The picture is different today. No more gangs roam the streets. If they do. calls to the police station usually get them dispersed. There are plenty of parties to occupy the attention of youngsters these days. The only difficulty is that instead of doing their devilment on Halloween, the boys of this day and age start weeks in advance. Sheriff Earl Richards reports that pranksters are already out in the county. But they are not or-riiriArv nrankstprs. Thpv ar vnnncr fellows who have a penchant for malicious mischief. They take their, parents cars and run over farm ers corn fields, knocking the corn down. They knock out fence posts and carry the fence away. They let air out of tires thev don't rarp whose car it is, whether it is ajbrows of l8ti Century England. It doctor's car which must be readv satirizes the courtly, stilted man- for any emergency. Their idea of Halloween jokes is to do damage; they seldom know against whom their spite is directed. Little Loyalty Today The gangs are gone because of the automobile and the disinte gration of the neighborhood packs. The groups that run around today are oftentimes teen-agers who don't even know each other very well. There is no loyalty, but plenty of bravado, each trying to outdo the other. By the time the night of Hallow een comes, these fellows will have already done most of their vandalism and Halloween will probably be free of them. They'll be attending parties provided by service clubs, schools and churches on Halloween. For the younger children it w ill 1 be a safe and sane Halloween They usually go around soaping windows of stores and automobiles and for most of them this is the extent of their pranks. Or, on Hal loween night, they will go cos tumed from door to door with their "trick or treats" bags and go home loaded down with candy, popcorn and cookies. Even if a householder refuses to give them "treats" the kids are usually too anxious to complete their doorbelling at other houses to stop to pull any tricks. Entertainment Changes Ideas When this is over they will be party-bound or they will reserve their "tricks or treats until aft er the parties. Yes, children of today are dif ferent from those of other years. There won't be horses on top of barns or gates on telephone poles. Progress has caught up with us. The automobile, radio, television and movies have left the present day kids less inventive. They don't have to think up their own entertainment. They don't grow up so fast, perhaps, because they are no longer members of the educational artificial society of hard knocks of other days the gangs that roamed the countryside having a whale of a good time, Halloween or not. At least that's what the older folks say. And they were kids 20 or 30 years ago, remember. 'mm. TEA - - Or Is It Today's Kids? HALLOWEEN wouldn't be complete without a pumpkin to cut up. Marcia Ann Kerns and Linda Meiner, both 7 and in the second grade at Emerson School, found their room's pumpkin one of the interesting features of this time of the year. ""T" i IWLI Homecoming Musical - , - -X kjfiJ. S U& UT lllST UVQl jVUUG "The Beggar's Opera," Blinois Wesleyan University homecoming play, is a musical comedy based on the life and loves of the low- ners of ladies and gentlemen of the period. Often' referred to as George Washington's favorite play, the production was the first musical comedy ever made and was first put on in 1728 to run for 62 nights, a feat unheard of in those days. The play will be presented in Presser Hall Nov. 6, 7 and 8 with the curtain at 8:15 p. m. on the 6th and 7th and 7:30 p. m. on the 8th. Reservations are now being accepted at the Memorial Center. Someone has said that "The Beggar's Opera" might be subtitled the "Guys "and Dolls of the 18th Century." Even in the style of the later musical, the Begger introduces his opera with the overture being interrupted by pickpockets, thieves and characters "on the tmvn Char I es H. Bergman, n UWiqnT. UieS in reoria DWIGHT (PNS) Charles H. Bergman, 80, retired Dwight policeman, died at 1:30 a. m. Thursday in Peoria at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Florence McCormaek. He had been ill a long time and with his wife had gone to Peoria to speitd the Winter with Mrs. McCormaek. The couple had sold their home here. He was brought to the Von Q u a 1 e n Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held there at 2 p. m. Saturday. The Rev. Howard Preston, pastor of the Congregational Church will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery. 1 Mr. Bergman was born at Osgood, Ind., Aug. 28, 1872. His wife is the former Ida Metzke of Dwight. They had been married more than 52 years. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. McCormaek and Mrs. Grace Miller, Chicago; a grandson, and one sister, M r s. John Dodson, Jacksonville, Fla. Melvin residents with news or advertising for The Pantagraph may contact Mrs. Grace Boundy, I Pantagraph state reporter. A The play centers around a swash buckling highwayman. Macheath, who is married to Polly Peachum (she married for love and should have married for money, her parents and friends think). Author John Gay has given the name of Lockit to the jailkeeper and Filch to a thief. Other firsts for the play: It was!bate Court, listing real estate and the first musical ever to appear on Broadway and it was the first one to make use of the piano as rVnStrU,ment r Ae,n,ert!,,n" : u J a Hamilton and Aaron Burr were. supposed to have fought their duel v i,cc ,. k Polly J?eachum in the play. "The Beggar's Opera" has witty dialogue, colorful costumes, choreography and folk-tunes. The director is Dr. Lawrence Tucker, director of the School of Dramatics and Speech. Charles Conklin is handling the dance and Mario Mancin- elli is directing the orchestra. Mon- te Gillespie is technical advisor stock dividends, rents receivable, and Lloyd Pfautsh is directing theian insurance refund and an out chorus. Leslie Chambers Cited in Charge Leslie Chambers, 65, Thursday was charged with maintaining offensive premises at 1015 W. Front St. The complaint was signed - by Robert J. Boes, engineer of the McLean County Health Department. Police Magistrate Walter Reiner continued the case until Nov. 15. It was reported articles of merchandise from Chambers' second hand store were scattered around the premises and on the sidewalk. WE APPRECIATE . . and Me want to take this opportunity of thanking everyone who helped to make our open house a success. We especially thank Davidson Electric Shop; Darnall and Archibald; Smith Furniture Co.; Hunter Package Attic Fan; Winkler Automatic Heating Equipment; Modahl & Scott, Inc.; Cox Floor Covering; Livingston's; Koland V, Robert A. Palmer, Contractor; Elmer Sieg, Landscaping; Radio City Sales and Service. The "Coronet" 809 E. Locust Will Be Open for Inspection Daily Between 2 and 4:30 P. M. Nightly by Appointment Open Next Sunday Nov. 2, 2 P. M. to 5 P. M. RYAN HOMES I'our National Hornet Dealer 401 N. Main St. Bloomington THE PANT AG RATH, BLOOMTXCTO. B.LCT013. TTTCRSDAT, OCT. jSeyen Will Share 'Anna Mehl Estate Of $133,168.79 An inventory of the estate of Anna Mehl, former Danvers resident, was filed Wednesday in Pro- other assets totaling J133.168.79, Mrs. Mehl died Dec. 31, 1951. in Peoria without leaving a will. Seven sons and daughters have shares in the estate. ... ... , ,A EuI? of ,the ,V?Uat," ? ' 240 acre farm located south of Bloom- ington valued at 598.880, Lyle S. Stuckey, administrator, listed in the record. Also included is 519,-268.79 in cash deposited in the First National Bank of Danvers. Corn and oats crops stored and sold total 511.676.30. Other assets are U.S. Savings bonds, sale of household goods. standing note i or i.ouu. Heirs are George and Harry Mehl. both of Danvers and Paul Mehl of Arrowsmith. sons; Ethel Pleines. Stanford: Stella Andrus, 306 E. Jefferson St.; Ruby Freitag. Minier, and Loretta Gravitt. College Station, Texas, all daughters. Plankton, the name for the small life that drifts with the ocean cur rents, means "wanderers." 1 eaHc cm n Dealers Offer Ride fo Polls No matter wtoat shape your bank account's in, you can pick the car in which you want to ride. Of course, the trip will be a brief one, to the polls and back home come next Tuesday. Bloomington automobile dealers Thursday announced that they will provide the rolling stock and the drivers to get anyone in town to the polls come next Tuesday. It's a program sponsored by the National Automobile Dealers Association. If you want a ride, just call one of these dealers. Barker Motor Co., 6-1465; C V. Frey and Sons, 43J4; Jim Wylie. 4387; Yates Co.. 8-4013; Thornton-Anderson. 7949; R L II Sales, 3-9385; Tracy Green Motors, 4371; Wiley Motors, 6-7370; Butts Motors. 3835; Hundman Motors. 6-4770; Tom Smith Coi, 2-1535; Com Belt Motors, 4396; Taylor Motors, 5-5190. Kinneman Slips Through in ISNU Mock Election Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower de feated Gov. Adlai Stevenson by 132 votes and William G. Stratton defeated Lt. Gov. Sherwood Dixon by 103 votes in a mock election held at Illinois State Normal Uni versity Thursday. The League of Women Voters conducted the election. A total of ons m. m ii ou siuaems, iacuuy ana non-ir academic employees voted. Fifteen ballots were spoiled. vt mie nrpuuuciini won in i n r T1 , T .LI! t A - presidential and gubernatorial races, John A. Kinneman won over Leslie C. Arends by two votes. 3S3 to 381 for representative from the 17th District. Another Demo crat, Edward J. Barrett, defeated Charles F. Carpentier for secre tary of state by 412 to 344. On the rciiuuuuui s.uc, - came out ahead of Cecil Cone for state senator 462 to 257. Voters at ISNU used sample bal lots; 420 students voted the straight ticket, along with 28 faculty mem bers and 19 non-academic em- ployees. In a separate computation ofiOT "nK auk- -- f- r faculty balloting. Mr. Kinneman beat Mr. Arends 36 to 29. Eisenhower's total was 432; Stevenson's 320. Stratton drew 440 and Dixon 337. With the exception of Barrett. other GOP state candidates won comfortably. All GOP county candidates were winners in races that weren't close. Arrowsmith residents with news or advertising for The Pan ta graph may contact Mrs. Phyllis M. Long, Pantagraph state reporter. J 1 1 maybe 0 f") means... ani but for sure Li SAVINGS FOR YOU AT PENNEY'S SATURDAY NOV. 1st... KEEP THIS DATE OPEN Says Little Mr. Vo You Want More Money For details of how you can set a higher price, get in touch with Harland Earth, manager of the Bloomington branch of the Imperial Credit Company. "Briefly, the plan Is for you to mention that terms can be arranged when you advertise. This enables you to get a higher price than if the buyer must pay rash. When you come to terms with a buyer, take him with you to see Harland Barth. You will get your money; your customers will jet your car on terms. "How about it? Want more money for your car? Make arrangements by either visiting Harland Barth or phoning hum at once. "Reoardlets tchether you lire i Bloomington, or in Cib$on. t?ar-locfc. Farmer City or any nearby toim, Harland trill be delighted to hare your business. Phone him, now ij you're needing money." Harland Barth, Manager IMPERIAL 311 N. 3IAIN LOAMS ALSO MADE ram Republicans Get Shoo-in Verdict From BHS Pupils Bloomington High School stu dents are overwhelmingly P.epubli- can, results of a "straw vote" re leased Thursday by the high school paper showed. Dwight D. Eisenhower, William G. Stratton and Leslie C Arends easily defeated their Democrat opponents in the "Aegis" election which attracted 631 voters. Editor Sybil Stern said 266 stu dents voted straight GOP tickets and 188 went down the line for the Democratic candidates. Only the Presidency, the governorship and the representative seat in the 17th District were at stake. General Eisenhower's margin was 111 votes over Governor Stevenson. Ike polled 381 ballots, Mr. Stevenson took 270. Mr. Stratton topped Sherwood Dixon for the governorship, 350 to 300 and Mr. Arends won over John Kinneman. 374 to 275 in the Congressional race. A breakdown of class votes, as tabulated by the "Aegis" stalf, follows : Seniors Eisenhower, 104; Stevenson. 69. Stratton, 100; Dixon, 73. Arends, 117; Kinneman. 55. Juniors Eisenhower. 127; Stevenson. 96. Stratton. 116, Dixon,il06. Arends, 124; Kinneman, 93. Sophomores Eisenhower. 15 0; Stevenson. 105. Stratton. 134; Dixon 121. Arends, 133; Kinneman. 122. Editor Stern said only two ballots were improperly marked and had to be destroyed. n if j t j rOrmer KUTland Man rvM :n Arkni 1 w - "W..ww RUTLAND John Cox. 71, of Jacksonville, Ark., formerly cf Rutland, died Monday at a Jacksonville hospital after a short illness. He is being brought to the Tal- lyn-Folkers Memorial Home, Mi- heid at 2 p. m. Thursday. The Rev. James Breckinridge of the Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will be in Rutland Cemetery. He was born in Havana Sept. 23. 18S1. He married Laura Kelly of Minonk Aug. 26. 1906. They l? T"pir ai.,y later. Surviving are his wife: son. John Jr.. and a sister, Mrs. Josie Green of Chicago. mtHwmmiHmf rsovTB waucia cf una it KttuoKs or nonx ipartmenf maybe not... 0), moans Helping Hand: WE MAKE OUR "JUST YOUR SIGXATURET LOANS FOR $10 TO $o00 YOU GET THE LOAN ON YOUR FIRST CALL NO CO-SIGNERS NO TIME-TAKING EMBARRASSING INVESTIGATION If. 1952. im mirnP CREDIT COMPANY - BLOOMINGTON, ILL. PHONE 2-5085 JS.KiT;

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